Home Day In Music History This day in rock history: Nov 5th

This day in rock history: Nov 5th

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  • 1966, The Monkees were top of the Billboard singles chart with ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, the group’s first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group’s early recordings.
  • 1971, Elvis Presley  kicked off a 15-date North American tour at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis. Announcer Al Dvorin uttered the well known phrase: “Elvis has left the building” at the end of the show. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call for an encore.
  • 1983, Billy Joel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Uptown Girl’, which stayed at the top of the chars for five weeks. The song was initially written about his relationship with his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley (both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980’s).
  • 1988, The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kokomo’, it peaked at No.25 in the UK. The track had been featured in the film Cocktail.
  • 1994, Sheryl Crow scored her first UK Top 10 single when ‘All I Wanna Do’ entered the charts at No.4. The US singer songwriter went on to become the first US female to score six UK hits off her debut album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’.
  • 1995, Producer Butch Vig’s new band Garbage made their US live debut when they played at The 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis. Vig produced Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind.’
  • 2000, U2 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’, the Irish group’s 8th UK No.1 album. Creed were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘With Arms Wide Open’.
  • 2003, Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due on stage, aged 63. The autopsy report from the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner gave the opinion that Hatfield suffered a sudden, unexpected death due to acute cocaine toxicity. The Righteous Brothers had the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, and the 1990 UK No.1 single ‘Unchained Melody’ first released in 1965.
  • 2005, Guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing ‘fuzz’ guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Famous for his 1958 US No.16 single ‘Rumble’ which was banned on several radio stations, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. A rare feat for a song with no lyrics.
  • 2012, To mark the 60th anniversary of the UK singles chart the Official Charts Company published a chart which lists all the 123 songs that have sold more than a million copies since it began in 1952. Elton John was at No.1 with Candle In The Wind, No.2 was Band Aid with Do they know it’s Christmas? followed by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on 2.36million copies.
  • 2014, The funeral for Jack Bruce was held in London, attended by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others. Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing “Morning Has Broken”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Theme for an Imaginary Western”. The Scottish-born bass player and singer had died last month as a result of liver disease.

Born on this day:

  • 1931, Born on this day, Ike Turner, singer, (1966 UK No.3 single with Tina Turner, ‘River Deep Mountain High’, 1971 US No.4 single ‘Proud Mary’). Turner died on 12th Dec 2007.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Art Garfunkel, singer, actor, (1970 UK & US No.1 single with Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Trouble Water’,’ 1970 album Bridge Over Trouble Water spent 307 weeks on the UK chart), solo, 1979 UK No.1 single ‘Bright Eyes’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Gram Parsons, US singer, songwriter. Member of The International Submarine Band, The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers. Released the 1973 solo album ‘Grievous Angel.’ Died on 19th September 1973 from a heroin overdose aged 26.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Peter Noone, vocals, Herman’s Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Into Something Good’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’).
  • 1956, Born on this day, Helen O’Hara, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, (1982 UK No.1 & 1983 US No.1 single ‘Come On Eileen’).
  • 1957, Born on this day, David Moyse, guitar, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘The One That You Love’).
  • 1957, Born on this day, Mike Score, A Flock Of Seagulls, (1982 UK No.10 single ‘Wishing, If I Had A Photograph Of You’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Bryan Adams, guitarist, singer, songwriter, first UK single ‘Run To You’, 1985 UK No.11. 1991 UK & US No.1 single ‘(Everything I Do)’, I Do It For You’, 16 weeks UK No.1, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles and 3 UK No.1 albums).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Robert Fisher, Climie Fisher, (1988 UK No.2 single ‘Love Changes Everything’). Wrote songs for Rod Stewart, Milli Vanilli, Fleetwood Mac and Jermaine Jackson. Died of cancer on 25th August 1999.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Jonny Greenwood, guitar, keyboards, Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single ‘Creep’ was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, ‘Pablo Honey’. Their 1997 album OK Computer appeared in many 1997 critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Ryan Adams, singer, songwriter, (2001 UK No.53 single ‘New York, New York’). He was in a group called Whiskeytown, then went solo. His backing band is the Cardinals.
  • 1987, Born on this day, Kevin Jonas American singer and actor, Jonas Brothers, 2009 US No.1 album ‘Lines, Vines and Trying Times’.

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